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Gourmet news: New matcha tea brand, Squires 20th birthday, and more

PUBLISHED: 10:04 03 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:04 03 May 2016

Mighty Matcha matcha tea

Mighty Matcha matcha tea


Food and drink news from around the county. This month we found out about the creation of matcha tea brand Mighty Matcha, Squires Coffee Shop’s 20th birthday, and more.

Squires Coffee ShopSquires Coffee Shop

Southend foodie launches new matcha tea brand

Hailing from the south coast of Essex, Will Fishenden, owner of the renowned Mangetout restaurant in Southend, has combined his hospitality background with a passion for exotic ingredients, leading to the creation of Mighty Matcha. The UK’s newest 100% organic matcha tea, Mighty Matcha, is made purely from ground tea leaves and gives an ancient ingredient a 21st century makeover.

Will threw himself into the launch of Mangetout straight from university. The Southend restaurant, famed for its hearty menu and stunning cocktails, now serves more than 2,000 customers a week.

Will said: ‘I wanted to bring matcha tea to a wider audience. It packs the punch needed to make it through the week and is a great addition to any diet, while its health properties are unrivalled.’

2015 Maldec, Piedra Negra, Mendoza, Argentina2015 Maldec, Piedra Negra, Mendoza, Argentina

Squires Coffee Shop marks 20 years

Rayleigh’s Squires Coffee Shop proudly celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Situated at the top of Rayleigh High Street, this popular business opened its doors for the very first time back in May 1996. Located in one of the oldest and prettiest buildings within the town, believed to be well over 400 years old, it is known for its varied menu of homemade soups, quiches and cakes.

‘We are planning a get together of former members of staff to help us celebrate our anniversary on the afternoon of Sunday, May 15 and want to track down as many as possible,’ owner Helen Watson says.

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New look for The Cuckfield in Wanstead

Wanstead High Street has welcomed the re-opening of The Cuckfield pub, following a complete refurbishment. Now under new management and with a fresh new menu, The Cuckfield is now an ideal place to spend a relaxing evening or enjoy the weekend sun in its vast garden.

Formerly a coaching inn built around a huge roaring fire – the interior of The Cuckfield has been given a contemporary new look, complete with exposed brick, low hanging quirky light fittings and polished wood floor.

In addition, the food offering at The Cuckfield has never been better, with a brand new line-up of small plates including chargrilled merguez sausages in spicy pico de gallo with goat’s curd and Empura mussels with black truffle garlic mayo.

Wine of the Month

2015 Malbec, Piedra Negra, Mendoza, Argentina

Malbec seems to be everyone’s favourite red wine at the moment and has been a huge success story for Argentina’s high-altitude vineyards in the foothills of the Andes. This one is owned by a French family, the Lurtons, who are also the proprietors of some rather grand Châteaux in Bordeaux and the European influence is very evident here. Brighter, with a fresher, more elegant fruit character than many malbecs, this blackberry and herb-laden wine is rich and warming with a big, rounded texture.

Malbec is billed as the wine to have with steak, but this would also prove a very good partner for spring lamb.

£12.49 per bottle


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